ven·​tro·​me·​di·​al ˌven-ˌtrō-ˈmē-dē-əl How to pronounce ventromedial (audio)
: ventral and medial

Examples of ventromedial in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The second part—called the ventromedial prefrontal cortex, which supports decision making—acted as a likeability test, showing more favoritism as the human-likeness of the robots increased, but dipped for the most life-like robots. Arianna Johnson, Forbes, 13 Nov. 2023 Estrogen significantly raises oxytocin binding in the ventromedial nucleus of the hypothalamus, and women produce more of it than men. Maria Williams, USA TODAY, 25 Aug. 2023 The ventromedial prefrontal cortex may produce a fundamental model of the self and knit together versions of us from past and present—even projecting into the future. Andrea Gawrylewski, Scientific American, 1 June 2023 The ventromedial prefrontal cortex also lit up. Womensmedia, Forbes, 2 Oct. 2021 Previous research in this area has focused on the emotionally cold side of psychopathy, which may stem from problems in other parts of the brain like the amygdala, involved in emotions, and the ventromedial prefrontal cortex (vmPFC), involved in fear and risk. Ed Yong, Discover Magazine, 15 Mar. 2010 Using a device created for brain surgery, the technique required placing a precisely targeted lesion in the middle of an animal’s hypothalamus near its underside (the ventromedial region). Gary Taubes, STAT, 16 Sep. 2021 When people received money for themselves, activity in the ventromedial prefrontal cortex (vmPFC) and the ventral striatum correlated with the size of their gain. Neuroskeptic, Discover Magazine, 2 Mar. 2010 Ibrahim and his colleagues are looking at other brain regions that play a role in processing pain, especially the rostral ventromedial medulla (RVM), which is also located in the brain stem. Jeffrey Kluger, Time, 27 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History


ventro- + medial

First Known Use

1908, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ventromedial was in 1908

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“Ventromedial.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

Medical Definition


ven·​tro·​me·​di·​al -ˈmēd-ē-əl How to pronounce ventromedial (audio)
: ventral and medial
ventromedially adverb
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